Monthly Archives: July 2022
Noble’s Bowling Club hosted the Noble’s Cup Mens Doubles on Saturday with 24 pairs taking part.
Losing out in the quarter final stage were Onchan pair Kevin Quirk and Steve Parker, Walter McCarthy and Karl Parker (both Marown), Ciaran Broad and Michael Johnson (both Noble’s) along with Charlie Bell (Marown) and Steve Hampson (Noble’s).
The semi-finals were well contested with Marown duo Paul Dunn and Neil Withers lost out 19-21 to South Ramsey pair John Kennish and Peter Collister, whilst Derek Allen (Port Erin) and Alec Taylor (Peel) were defeated 15-21 by home greeners Alex Yates and Jim Callister.
The final went the way of the more experienced pair Kennish and Collister who ruthlessly won 21-5 against Yates and Callister in just eight ends to pick up the £100 first prize.
At the conclusion of the competition the presentation was made by Tina Hampson, who thanked Steve Moore and the club members who had helped with the running of the competition. Thanks were also given to sponsor Stuart Hampson from Burgerman Catering and Tanfastic.
The BCGBA Senior Individual Merit was held at Hawcoat Park Sports Club in Barrow-in-Furness on Saturday with the two qualifiers from the Isle of Man taking part in proceedings. A whole day of wet weather did put a dampener on the day.
Manx Champion David Bradford was on in the first set of games against Andy Fergus from Greater Manchester, with Bradford leading 16-5, his opponent then found his length to ultimately runout with a 21-19 victory.
Peel favourite Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly was drawn against Gareth Hughes from Wales, with Barney always being behind in the game he battled back to 18-19 only for Hughes to score the two chalks needed to progress.
The final had 2019 runner up Gary Owen (Potteries and District) up against previous winner Callum Wraight (Shropshire) with the latter storming into a 10-0 lead, who then went 20-4 up. Owen managed to get a run of ends together only to lose out 21-9 for Wraight to pick up his second win in this competition following his win on Merseyside in 2009.
It was another busy week of bowls in the Canada Life International bowling leagues, with a double week.
In Division One League leaders South Ramsey A started their week at Breagle Glen as they took on Port St Mary A with the visitors picking up a 3-7 win. Winning for Port St Mary were Trevor Quayle who beat Stefan Kelly 21-9, Paul Skelly beat Dido Kelly 21-11, whilst Robbie Cooil beat South Ramsey captain Glynn Hargraves 21-17.
On Wednesday South Ramsey A fared much better as they beat Onchan B 9-1 at home on a tricky green, with the home team handling it extremely well as they won four games to single figures, with David Bradford winning 21-1, whilst Bob Clark, Dido Kelly and Glynn Hargraves all won 21-2.
Marown A started their week off matching the leaders result as they came away from the Crofts with a 3-7 win over Castletown A. Winning for the Town men were Ron Williams who beat Peter Jones 21-13, Chris Lever won 21-16 against Paul Kelly and Mark Moorley won 21-20 against Harry Barton. Marown did manage to prevent the result from being any more damaging as Neil Withers beat George Foy 21-20.
On Wednesday evening Marown A recorded an 8-2 home win over North Ramsey A, as they lost one point this week to South Ramsey A. Three single figure wins from the home team came from Paul Dunn, Paul Kelly and Neil Withers. Winning for the visitors were Paul Allison who beat Sam Clague 21-19, whilst Rob Monk heavily defeated Harry Barton 21-7.
Douglas A slipped to two defeats as they were well beaten 1-9 at home to Onchan A, ended their week with a 3-7 away defeat to Castletown A.
Peel B started the week well with a 10-0 home win over Port Erin A, but ended it with a heavy 9-1 away defeat to Onchan A.
Marown B slipped to a rare home defeat as they lost 3-7 to Peel A at Crosby, bounced back to win 2-8 away to Port Erin A. The Breagle Glen men are in danger of being cut adrift as they currently sit 18 points from safety, which is a lot to make up with just six fixtures left to play.
Pacesetters South Ramsey B had a good week in Division Two as they recorded the biggest win in the second division, beating Noble’s A 9-1 at home. Four single figure wins from the home team proved their dominance, with Martyn Hobson being the lone winner as he had a comfortable 21-15 win over Austin Hart.
On Thursday night South Ramsey B were away to Port St Mary B, they matched Monday’s win to stretch their lead at the top to 11 points.
Second placed Marown C had a slender one-point lead over Ballaugh A prior to their league fixture, with the Crosby men coming away with a solid 2-8 win to extend their lead to seven points and consolidate second place. The two wins for Ballaugh could have gone the other way as Richard Hainge beat work colleague Jamie Joughin 21-17 to ensure he had office bragging rights, whilst John Keenan reminded his opponent he is still tough to shift on his own green as he beat John Kelly 21-18. The visitors had three close wins from Kevin Kelly, Stuart Clague and Walter McCarthy. Ballaugh’s hope of promotion appear to be fading away.
On Thursday night Marown C hosted Finch Hill A with the home team suffering an upset as they lost out 4-6, with the chalks going in favour of the visitors (147-148).
At the bottom of the table it is looking like a three-way fight between Onchan C on 51 points, Port St Mary B and Ballaugh B with both teams on 48 points.
In Division Three North Ramsey B could only come away from Crosby with a hard fought 4-6 win over Marown B, which allowed Noble’s B the opportunity to close the gap as they won 8-2 at home to Port Erin B on Tuesday evening.
On Thursday evening Noble’s B took their turn to sit the fixtures out as North Ramsey B hoped to capitalise on this with a home fixture with Douglas C. The Mooragh Park men didn’t disappoint as they won 9-1 to sit top by 13 points.
In third place Marown D headed north to take on South Ramsey D, as they looked to make up ground on second place Noble’s B, the visitors came away with a 3-7 victory, with Sam Colquitt winning the battle of the Juniors with a 21-13 win over Ryan Hargraves.
There were three 8-1 results in the Ladies Open Age league last Wednesday evening. These were Port St Mary at home to Douglas with Castletown A away to Mooragh Park and South Ramsey away to Castletown B. Lone winners were Paula Garrett (Douglas) who won to 6; Janet Monk (Mooragh) who won to 7 and Joy Stephens for Castletown who won to 14. Three of PSM, five of Castletown’s and one of South’s games were all won to single figures. The home derby between Marown A and B ladies resulted in a five games to four win for the B team but they lost the match by 23 points with five of the nine games being won to single figures. Closest game saw Helen Withers (B) just pipping Lynda Cadamy 21-20. Onchan and Ballaugh both had good 6-3 wins at home to Port Erin and Peel with Maureen Payne and Sue Gawne (Onchan) and Louise Tebay with stablemate Maria Dimsdale all winning to single figures. Closest games saw Caroline Whitehead (PE) winning to 18 against Grace Gawne and Joyce Kelly edging it 21-20 after a tough battle with Pat Mason. With eight fixtures left to play, Castletown A are currently top with 2304 points but still have a rearranged game to play; South Ramsey second with 2274 and Marown A third with 2203.
In the Ladies Over 60’s league on Tuesday 19th, Peel recorded a maximum away to Mooragh Park B with Mary Moffatt and Joyce Kelly (Peel) winning to single figures. South Ramsey had a good home win against Castletown winning four games to two and by 40 points. Closest game saw Gillian Jopson (South) winning to 18 against Sue Peach. Onchan A won 5-1 away to Castletown B with lone winner for Castletown, Pat Rigby, winning to 14. Marown travelled to Port Erin A coming away with a 4-2 win; closest game saw Voirrey Curphey winning to 20 against Mia Moore. Finch Hill won four games to two at home to Port St Mary B with Brenda Williams for Finch and Elaine Hawkins for PSMB winning to single figures. Ballaugh visited Onchan B coming away with a 4-2 result with three of Ballaugh’s games being won to single figures. The following morning Port St Mary A were at home to neighbours Port Erin B. Match finished 5-1 in favour of PSM A with Alison Stockham being the lone winner for PE winning to nine. Next day (Thursday 21st), Castletown A recorded another maximum of the season at home to Onchan B with three games being won to single figures. South Ramsey had good 5-1 win away to Mooragh Park B. Lone winner for Mooragh was Mary Bruce winning to 15 against Judy Kelly. Peel drew three all away to Port Erin B but won the match by 15 points. Susan Inch for PE narrowly missed out on another win for Port when she lost to 18 against Mary Moffatt. Onchan A won comfortably at home to Mooragh Park A winning five games to one. Closest game of the match saw Sylvia Kennaugh for Onchan winning to 15 against Gail Corrin. Ballaugh drew three all at home against Finch Hill but won on points with Jane Teare and Barbara Graham (Ballaugh) winning their games to single figures. Closest match of the morning saw Port St Mary A win 4-2 away at Marown but losing by two points. Mavis Franks and Wendy Kennaugh for PSM A and Philippa Taylor for Marown all won their games 21-19. On Friday morning Port St Mary B beat Castletown B 5-1 at home. Lone winner for Castletown B was Judith Moore who won to 15 against Elaine Hawkins. On Monday 26th, a rearranged fixture was held between Ballaugh and South and although match finished three all, South won by 12 points. On Tuesday morning (26th), Onchan B scored a maximum at home against Mooragh Park B with Jane Robinson for Onchan pipping Glenys Harley 21-20. Port St Mary B travelled to Mooragh Park A and although PSM B won 4-2 they lost the match by only one point with all games bar one going into double figures. Castletown A won 4-2 away at Finch Hill with three games being won to single figures. Closest game saw Anne Hon (Finch) winning to 20 against Barbara Young. Ballaugh travelled to Castletown B coming away with a 4-2 win, again another close match resulted in Julie Reilly (Ballaugh) winning to 20 against Susan Kerruish. With six fixtures left to play Castletown are currently top, but with the five following teams still having fixtures in-hand, it is still all to play for!
Last week saw the final League games of the Men’s Over 60’s Bowls season played with the Final League positions and promotion and relegation places being decided.
In 3R’s Ltd Division One the League Champions Onchan A had a bye and second placed Peel Sunset A had a 5-3 win against South Ramsey A. Douglas A who were in third place in the league travelled to the Crofts to play Castletown A knowing that they had to get just one point to retain that position. In a close match which was decided by the last game Castletown A took a 5-3 win to leapfrog the visitors and take third place. North Ramsey A beat MarownA 5-3 and Peel Sunset B beat Ballaugh A also 5-3 while Port St Mary A beat Castletown B 7-1. This means that Onchan A win the League on 38 points having gone through the season undefeated. In second place are Peel Sunset A on 34 points with Castletown A in third place on 28 points. At the other end of the League Table and in the relegation places we have Castletown B in 10th position with 5 points and Ballaugh A in 11th position with 3 points.The Individual Merit winner for Division One is Andy Kennish of Peel Sunset A with 18 wins, followed by Dougie Allan also of Peel Sunset A with 17 wins and in third place is Keith Rise of Douglas A with 16 wins.
In 3R’s Ltd Division Two the League winners Onchan B had a bye while the Onchan C Team travelled to play Ballaugh B knowing that they needed just one point to join their B Team in Division One next season. On the day Ballaugh B were the better side taking a 7-1 win with Colin Brown picking up the only win for the visitors. Finch Hill A beat Port Erin A 5-3 and at the ‘Villa’ Douglas B finished off their season with a 7-1 win against Finch Hill B.
Friday saw Peel Sunset C lose 3-5 on their own Green to South Ramsey B and Port St Mary B beat North Ramsey B also 5-3 to conclude the League Fixtures for this season. This means that Onchan B win the league with 34 points followed by Ballaugh B with 30 points with both these teams being promoted into Division One. In third place are Onchan C with 29 points in what has been a highly successful season of Men’s Over 60’s Bowling for the Onchan Bowling Club. The Division Two Merit Winner is John Bolton of Ballaugh B with 20 wins followed by Colin Brown of Onchan C with 18 wins and third is Dicky Watson of Ballaugh B also with 18 wins.
With the 3R’s Leagues now having come to an end the Over 60’s Bowls will now continue with the Tower Insurance Cup in which we have the teams divided into three Groups of six and one Group of five with all teams playing each other home and away.
South Ramsey hosted the Kennish Cup Mixed Doubles on Sunday with 25 pairs taking part to play in mixed conditions throughout the day in what started in glorious sunshine, it rapidly deteriorated with heavy showers for a brief period and blustery conditions which remained for the duration of the competition.
Losing out in the quarter finals were Marown pair Jayne Smith and Walter McCarthy who lost 17-21 to South Ramsey’s Elaine Moore & Glynn Hargraves. Clare Cooper (Marown) and Wayne Roberts (Port St Mary) were well beaten 7-21 by Paula Firth (Onchan) and Alan Moore (South Ramsey). Another Marown and South Ramsey contest went in favour of the Crosby pair Debbie Leece and Neil Withers who edged home 21-19 against Fiona Kennish and Steven Waters, whilst an all South Ramsey clash went in favour of Jenny Moore and James Teare who beat Sue and Geoff Collier 21-4.
The semi-finals were straightforward for one pairing with Jenny and James winning 21-9 against Debbie and Neil. The other semi-final went on for a considerable amount of time, it was Paula and Alan who were always in control of the game as they led 18-12 before a bit of a fight back from Elaine and Glynn fizzled out as the latter pair lost 17-21.
The final appeared to be one way traffic early on as Jenny and James leapt into a 9-4 lead, scoring four singles and a double.
Paula and Alan fought back to win four of the next five ends with a two and a three helping boost their score as they went ahead 11-10, only to lose the next two ends as they fell behind 11-13.
The Onchan/South Ramsey pair rallied once more to win the next three ends, scoring a three on the 17th end, only to lose the next three ends but vitally kept their opponents down to singles. With the score now tied at 16-16 Paula and Alan went on another run with Paula leading well at the front all day and Alan providing the firepower at the back when they were in trouble as they scored three singles and a double to run out with a 21-16 victory to prevent Jenny and James from picking up the trophy for a third straight year.
At the conclusion of the competition the presentation was made by Fiona Kennish, who thanked the club members who had helped with the running of the competition and the Ladies for the refreshments provided. Upon accepting the trophy Paula thanked the Kennish family for their sponsorship, and her partner Alan Moore for asking her to play. This competition was the qualifier for the BCGBA Mel Evans MBE Centenary Mixed Pairs at Heaton Park BC with the number of pairs qualifying to be confirmed at a later date.
Peel Sunset Bowling club hosted the popular Peel Town Cup on Saturday afternoon, attracting a perfect entry of 46 men, with Ballaugh being the venue of choice in a bid to attract a healthy entry. The green was in good condition with the rain falling in the early stages of the competition, the weather improved as the day went on to end in sunshine. With handicaps ranging from +3 to +9, once again it made for an interesting day with some shock results. There were a number of high profile casualties early on with some excellent ties, as the handicaps did the trick with plenty of high scoring games throughout the competition.
Losing out at the quarter-final stage were Peel man Dougie Allan (Peel) who lost out to Steven Waters (South Ramsey) 19-21, Walter McCarthy (Marown) was beaten 18-21 by Philip ‘Pip’ Pemberton (Peel). Marown man Colin Kelly had his hopes of victory dashed by Bob Clark (South Ramsey) with the latter winning 21-14, whilst Glynn Hargraves (South Ramsey) won 21-15 against Derek Allen (Port Erin).
Both semi-finals were well contested with Waters (+6) just losing out to Pemberton (+7) 19-21, as the latter reached the final, whilst the two South Ramsey teammates faced off in the other semi-final with Hargraves (+3) getting the better of Clark (+3) this time out as he won 21-17.
The final got underway with Hargraves having enjoyed previous success in this competition in 2015, whilst Pip was making his first appearance in a final of a singles open. Pemberton made the stronger start building on the four chalk start on the card, playing a round peg to extend his lead to six chalks after eight ends with the score 13-7 to the Peel man. Hargraves responded to take five consecutive ends on a short round peg to edge ahead 14-13. A great last bowl on the following end from Pip when lying two down sent him on another mini-run as he won four of the next five ends to lead 18-15.
A change of tactics saw the South Ramsey captain opt for a longer length, with this appearing to work as Hargraves went 19-18 ahead and was counting two for game only for Pip to bowl in to level the game up at 19-19. A good lead on the following end wasn’t beaten, with Pip missing the opportunity to count for two to pile on the pressure. At 20-19 a loose end from both players resulted in Hargraves somewhat fortuitously scoring a single to level the game at 20-20. On the deciding end Hargraves composed himself picking a mark from the gate to the glass shelter approximately two thirds the length of the green and put up a good lead bowl 15 inches to the side of the jack. Pip left his first bowl just over two foot short, with Hargraves improving on his first bowl to play a side toucher, leaving Pip no other option other than to attempt to kill the end or trail the jack, however he got slightly low on the line as Hargraves claimed a 21-20 victory and with it his second win in this competition.
At the conclusion of play the presentation was made by competition secretary Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly, who thanked the sponsors IOM Seafoods for their continued support, and Assistant Tournament Director nine year old Arran Dunn for his efforts throughout the day. Club President Lenny Kerruish was then introduced to present the prizes, he thanked Ballaugh for hosting the competition, their Ladies for catering, the greenkeeper for preparing the green and anyone else who had helped on the day.
The final of the Jean Kelly Memorial Shield – the Ladies Premier Team knockout competition was held at Onchan Bowling Club on Friday evening. The rain just about held off for the duration off the match, with the green having lost a bit of pace with rain falling earlier in the day, it was a slower green than expected by the teams. There was a good crowd in attendance with fantastic support for both teams, which resulted in a good atmosphere around the green. With a neutral venue the handicaps were South Ramsey (+30) and Marown A (+31) with the Crosby team having just a one chalk start on their opponents. The Northern team were perhaps the favourites given the pedigree of some of their top bowlers.
From the first five games on the green, it was Manx Champion Jenny Moore who put down a marker for South Ramsey as she beat Lynda Cadamy 21-6, swiftly followed by Gill Dixon who put in a solid performance with a 21-12 win over Lil Smith. Marown hit back turning a 23 chalk deficit into a four chalk lead as Philippa Taylor won 21-9 against Gill Morgan, whilst Joyce Ogden cancelled out South’s biggest win with her own 21-6 victory over Ann Gale. The last match of the first half went to the wire as Rosie Winckle fought back from a 11-18 deficit against Elaine Moore to level the game up at 20-20. On the deciding end a good first bowl from Elaine looked to have been beaten by Rosie, however it just went through the gap as Moore won 21-20. With the first set of games complete Marown led by just three chalks to leave the match finely poised.
The atmosphere and tension started to build around the green in the second half of the match as Shirley Whelan performed well as she romped home 21-8 against Sue Collier to send Marown into a 16 chalk lead and tie the games won at 3-3, however this result was quickly cancelled out by Kim Hargraves who put in a captains’ innings with a 21-9 win over Celia Joughin to reduce the deficit to just four chalks.
With the last two games on the green Jayne Smith was in control of her game with Fiona Kennish as she led 15-11, whilst Jo Corkill was in the middle of her fightback from a 7-15 deficit to Lauren Groen, pulling the score back to 13-15.
In the Smith and Kennish game the latter found her length in devastating fashion, with a determination to exorcise the demons of last year’s heavy defeat in the final, the latter went on a five end winning streak scoring three consecutive doubles to lead 19-15. Two good bowls left Kennish counting for game, however a great last bowl from Smith put the cat amongst the pigeons to turn the match on its head at 16-19. Kennish dug deep once more to see the game out with two singles to win 21-16, and with it put South Ramsey just one chalk ahead on the night and with the score 5-3 on games in their favour.
At this stage South Ramsey needed Lauren to reach 20 to seal the victory. With the score at 17-16 to Groen, she went on to score two quick fire doubles to seal a 21-16 win over Corkill who had put in a good performance.
The delight from the South Ramsey ladies was undoubtedly mixed in with just as much relief, as they retained the Jean Kelly Memorial Shield by six chalks with the scores 179-173 in their favour, with every point counting towards their success on the night even in the three games they lost. This was the fourth time that South Ramsey have won this competition.
The presentation was made by Moore Kelly’s daughter in law Carolyn Kelly, who called up the captains to present the prizes to their teams. South Ramsey captain Kim Hargraves was then presented with the Shield. Hargraves thanked the Kelly family for their continued support of the competition, which included the prizes and the refreshments, Onchan Bowling Club for hosting and congratulated her team on their performance whilst offering her commiserations to Marown A, who had played their part in making it a fantastic final.
|South Ramsey||+30||+31||Marown A|
|Jenny Moore||21||6||Lynda Cadamy|
|Gill Dixon||21||12||Lil Smith|
|Gill Morgan||9||21||Philippa Taylor|
|Ann Gale||6||21||Joyce Ogden|
|Elaine Moore||21||20||Rosie Winckle|
|Sue Collier||8||21||Shirley Whelan|
|Kim Hargraves||21||9||Celia Joughin|
|Fiona Kennish||21||16||Jayne Smith|
|Lauren Groen||21||16||Jo Corkill|
|6 Games Won||179||173||3 Games Won|
The Dreswick Cup was held for the first time at Breagle Glen with an entry of 35 who took part on a tricky green with a good afternoon of bowling. The competition was once again sponsored by The Albert Hotel – Port St Mary.
In the quarter finals the current holder Bob Clark (South Ramsey) got the better of his captain Glynn Hargraves with a 21-14 win, whilst home favourite Trevor Quayle (Port St Mary), ended the challenge of Neil Dunwell with a 21-16 victory. Manx Champion David Bradford put paid to the hopes of Seamus Whelan (Port Erin) with a 21-10 win, whilst another South Ramsey man went on to reach the semi-final with Peter Collister seeing off Wayne Roberts 21-14.
In the first semi-final Clark got the better of Quayle in a keenly contested game with the South Ramsey man getting home 21-18 win to take his place in the final, while in the other semi-final Bradford put paid to Collisters’ hopes of a third win in this competition as the latter lost out 21-15.
In the final Bradford made the better start as he leapt into a 10-6 lead, however Clark clawed his way back into the game, with Bradford enjoying considerable success with his strikes being the main difference early on in the game with the score at 13-12. Bradford then settled on a mark over the middle of the green from the Café to the glass shelter and back as he scored eight consecutive chalks to run out with a 21-12 victory and seal his second win in this competition, with the last title picked up in 2005.
At the presentation Club President Margaret Tasker thanked the Port St Mary ladies for providing the refreshments, Wayne Roberts for running the competition, along with anyone else that helped on the day. Long standing sponsor of the competition Pat O’Meara from the Albert Hotel was then introduced to present the prizes.
In the Canada Life International Sponsored Division One this week South Ramsey A hosted Marown B on a tricky green. Whilst the home team won 7-3 on the night, they will have been hoping for a bigger home win to keep the chasing pack at arm’s length. For the home team captain Glynn Hargraves was the best winner with a 21-9 victory over Karl Parker, with the four wins for the home team being to 10, 11, 12 and 13 proving these were comfortable. For the Crosby men John Gelling got the first of their three wins, with a solid performance over Bob Clark as he won 21-16, with Jerome Surridge securing the best win of the night with a 21-8 win over Jordan Cain, whilst Glenn Boland had enough in the locker to edge out Stefan Kelly 21-20. Marown B are proving to be a formidable outfit; they are in my eyes the best B Team that I have come up against in my 30 years of bowls.
Marown A snatched the opportunity to claw some points back on South Ramsey A as they seen off Onchan B 9-1 at Crosby. Colin Kelly was their best winner as he beat Mark Kelly 21-3, with Harry Barton also winning to single figures as he beat Mike Alexander 21-9. The lone winner for Onchan was Jamie Clague with a resounding 21-13 win over Phil Kelly, whilst Steve Parker just lost out 19-21 to Sam Clague.
Douglas A performed well on their travels this week as they beat Port Erin A 2-8 at Breagle Glen. Captain Merv Sayle was their best winner with a 21-11 victory over Seamus Whelan, with Gordon Wynne- Smythe managing to hold off David Cain 21-19. ‘Deadly’ Derek Allen lived up to his name as he won 21-5 against Alistair Lothian for the home team.
Onchan A will feel they slipped up at home to Castletown A as they only won 6-4 on the night. Peter Slinger and Matthew Quirk both won 21-9 against Ian Watson and Mark Moorley respectively. For the visitors four points would have been a bonus on the night as Nathan Cooil won 21-13 against Will Penhallurick, a result matched by Derek Lewney who rolled back the years with his win over Phil Kerruish. Their other two wins were hard fought with George Foy beating Neil Dunwell 21-18, whilst Peter Oates won 21-19 against Mike Thomas.
Peel A took on Peel B, with the higher ranked team winning 7-3. The three winners for the B team were Robert Middleton who beat Tom Kelly 21-11, Andy Mackie won 21-14 against Dean Kelly, with Dougie Allan getting the third win as he beat George Gadsby 21-19. Brian Lindsay just missed out on gaining an extra point for his team as he lost 20-21 to Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly.
North Ramsey A couldn’t make home advantage count as they lost 4-6 at Mooragh Park to Port St Mary A, with the aggregate going in favour of the visitors by seven chalks (131-138). Paul Skelly and Wayne Roberts both won 21-9, with Trevor Quayle having to battle all the way for his 21-19 win over Steve Walmsley. The home team did get some big wins, with Paul Allison winning 21-8 against Nathan Hamilton, Rob Monk beat Jordan Drewett 21-9. Allan Callow and Gary Merrill both had to dig in to pick up their wins.
In Division Two South Ramsey B still head the table, however the teams below them continue to close the gap, following their 4-6 away win over Peel C. Edward Carlyle was the best winner on the night with a 21-5 win over Bob Berry, with Steven Waters seeing off Harry Kelly with relative ease thanks to a 21-9 win. All four losses for the visitors could have gone the other way with Austin Hart and Tony Dugdale both losing out 18-21 to Jeff Wilson and Jimmy Corlett respectively, with Chas Grills losing out 19-21 to Tony Carroon, as did Alan Moore to Phil Clarke.
Marown C now occupy second place thanks to their 9-1 home win over Onchan C. Kevin Kelly, Walter McCarthy and captain Stephen Rundle led the way for the Crosby men with single figure wins. For Onchan Roger Payne made sure it wasn’t a whitewash with his 21-12 victory over Stephen Storey.
Ballaugh A will have been pleased to come away from the Villa with a 2-8 win over Douglas B. John Maddrell was their best winner as he beat Les Quayle 21-7, whilst John Keenan got over the line 21-20 against Keith Fearnley. For the home team Mark Kneen won 21-8 against Barry McDonald.
Noble’s A look to be consolidating their place in Division Two as they beat Port St Mary B 8-2 at home. All wins for the home team were in double figures, with a 21-17 victory for Martyn Hobson over Ray Maddrell and Mark Quinns’ 21-19 win over Rod Swift proving less comfortable. For the Port men Bernard Thackrah was their best winner as he beat John Andrew 21-10, whilst Peter Collins won 21-18 against Dave Naughton.
Castletown B are 10 points off third placed Ballaugh A, following their 8-2 home win over Finch Hill A. John Matheson won 21-8 against Paddy Murphy, with Collin Holland performing well to beat Dave McCabe 21-14. For Finch Tony Epifani brushed aside Dave Faragher with a 21-6 win.
North Ramsey B gave a glimmer of hope to second placed Noble’s B in Division Three, after they could only muster a 6-4 home win over Finch Hill B. Stephen Oates was the surprise package of the night as he beat Ray Skelly 21-8. Two single figure wins from Mike Skelly and Andrew Honour ensured the aggregate went in favour of the home team.
Noble’s B capitalised on the points dropped by North Ramsey B as they swept aside Douglas D 0-10 on a tricky Villa green. Michael Johnson beat Clark Kelly 21-4, whilst Young Player of the month Alex Hampson continued his good form as he beat bob Banning 21-19. Greg Brew was the closest to picking up a win for Douglas, only to lose out 20-21 to Phil Salmon.
Marown D certainly can’t be written off just yet as they sit in third place, nine points behind Noble’s B after a 3-7 away win over Ballaugh C. Winning big for the visitors were Keith Watterson and Rob Bell, while Steve Cain and captain Steve Rough had to work hard to secure their wins. For the home team Paul Cubbon was the best winner as he beat Richard Bregazzi 21-7.
Port Erin B managed to field a full team this week as they beat Peel D 8-2 at home, with Trevor Barker the only single figure winner on the night as he beat George Gosden 21-9. For Peel Kevin Murray won 21-16 against Alan Crebbin, whilst Andy Jackson beat Robert Woodford 21-13.
South Ramsey D won 8-2 at home to Castletown C, with the battle of the juniors going in favour of the more experienced Ryan Hargraves as he beat Sam Quayle, with the latter getting off to a great start as he performed admirably only to lose out 21-17. Four single figures victories for the home team demonstrated their dominance on the night. For the Town men Thomas Keggen won 21-20 against James Moore, whilst David Quayle won 21-13 against Jay Moore.